What’s your family all about? What’s your family’s purpose? What kind of family do you want to be? How do you want to treat each other?
At Connected Families, we often talk and write about these kinds of questions because having a vision of what kind of family you want to be can change everything.
One great way to work together to have a shared vision for your family is to choose a family Bible verse!
This can be any verse that particularly speaks to your family. It could remind you of a long-term “mission” for your family (such as the Great Commission) or it could be something as simple as a reminder of a way you’d like to treat each other (like James 1:19: “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry”).
The important thing is to include everyone’s input and select a verse that has shared meaning for the whole family. Make it an event! Have a family meeting! (We have a few tips about how to do that.) Even young children can share a favorite Bible verse, story, or character to add to the options. Make sure everyone has a chance to speak and answer what kind of family you want to be and what kind of verse you’d like to choose.
Then, find a fun way to post the verse around your house! Maybe if it’s a reminder of listening when angry you can post some signs where outbursts often occur. Or if it’s one you’d like to remember as you head off to work or school, perhaps place it near the door.
The point is to make this verse central to your family in some way, so you can all unite together as you seek to live it out in your daily lives!
Have you already chosen a family bible verse? Is it represented somewhere in your home? If so, take a picture and share in the comments section below.